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isirv Optionx IX 2016

  OPTIONS IX           Save The Date                24 - 28 August 2016   
        Registration Now Open - Abstract Submission Now Open                  
  Options for the Control of Influenza Conference
  Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, USA.

In this, the year of our 10th anniversary, we are especially proud to announce the launch of ISIRV's premier event, the 9th in the series of Options for the Control of Influenza conferences - OPTIONS IX.
Held every 3 years, it remains the largest international conference exclusively devoted to influenza prevention, control and treatment, including seasonal flu and pandemic preparedness. The programme is well-developed and led by workgroups on Clinical Science, Public Health plus Virology and Pathogenesis. Like its predecessors, OPTIONS IX will attract leaders from global industry, top educational institutions, healthcare facilities and government agencies. Not to be missed.

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  University of Siena - ISIRV School of Influenza          11 - 15 April 2016      
   Registration open  
School of Influenza 2016

The University of Siena-ISIRV School of Influenza is aimed at young scientists and is a great opportunity to obtain a thorough grounding in all aspects of influenza. Lectures will be given by world-renowned experts in their field. Some Travel Fellowships will be granted, with preference being given to those from resource-poor countries. Registration is open and places are limited so apply now.

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3rd WHO Consultation on Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines,
15-16 November 2016

The Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines (GAP) was launched in 2006 as a-10 year initiative to address the anticipated shortfall in vaccine supply in the event of a pandemic. The third and final consultation of GAP will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-16 November 2016.  In the lead-up to the closure of the GAP and the final consultation, WHO is soliciting an online questionnaire from key stakeholders. The questionnaire is designed to measure stakeholders views on progress and remaining needs under the three objectives of the GAP. Responses will be used to feed into the development of the agenda for the final consultation.

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Lars Haaheim Travel Fellowship 

We are delighted to announce the creation of a Lars Haaheim Travel Fellowship to allow selected students to attend the ISIRV School of Influenza in Siena, Italy.

This is possible through a generous donation from Lars’ widow Vigdis Haaheim in memory of one of the founder members of ISIRV and also the Summer School concept.

The first Summer School was co-chaired by Lars and Emanuele Montomoli from the University of Siena.
Lars was an excellent and enthusiastic teacher and it is fitting that we remember him in this way.

Details of the next ISIRV School of Influenza are above.


The ISIRV Newsletter Respiratory Virus Report (RVR) August 2015 is now available here

  Recent Meetings   

The inaugural conference organised by the Respiratory Pathogens special interest group took place on 2- 4 September 2015 in Singapore.
A report of the IMRP conference can be found here and resources from that meeting will be made available shortly.

The 4th ISIRV-AVG Conference - Novel Antiviral Therapies for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses : Bench to Bedside - took place 2 - 4 June 2015 in Austin, USA.
Resources from that meeting are available in the Members' area of the website. A report of the meeting can be found here

A workshop on Next Generation Sequencing of Viruses was held on 20 - 21 May 2015 in Paris, France. Resources from that meeting are available in the Members' area of the website. A report of the meeting can be found here

MERS-CoV: information and links to other sources of information on this evolving situation is available through the news section
Influenza A(H7N9) in China: information and links to other sources of information is available through the news section.

IRV Journal
The isirv journal, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses is now published in an online only format. No printed issue will be produced but authors will still be able to order offprints of their own articles.

International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases: isirv

isirv is an independent and international scientific professional society promoting the prevention, detection, treatment, and control of influenza and other respiratory virus diseases. It aims to provide opportunities for the exchange of information and for international collaboration between those with a scientific interest in any aspect of influenza and other respiratory viral infections. Thus, its activities include the organisation of scientific meetings, promotion of scientific and clinical training, dissemination of information on the impact of acute respiratory viral disease both locally and globally, and publication of scientific information, notably through the journal Influenza and other Respiratory Diseases. The society has lead responsibility for organizing the Options for the Control of Influenza conferences, the largest international gatherings exclusively devoted to influenza prevention, control and treatment, including seasonal flu and pandemic preparedness. Read More

isirv Antiviral Group (isirv-AVG)

The isirv Antiviral Group (isirv-AVG) was established as a special interest group of isirv at the time of merger in April 2011 of the former Neuraminidase Inhibitor Susceptibility Network (NISN) with isirv.

Its specific objectives are to promote understanding of the clinical use of antivirals against respiratory viruses, collate and provide up to date information on the emergence of antiviral resistance, and communicate expert commentary on preclinical and clinical development of potential novel/new antivirals in this area. Read More